Posted by: Jeff Lester on November 20, 2012
Tags: 2000AD, Al Ewing, All-New X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Batman, Brendan McCarthy, Brian Bendis, Captain America, Derek Kirk Kim, Esad Ribic, Fantastic four, Graeme, Greg Capullo, Greg Land, I.N.J. Culbard, Iron Man, Jason Aaron, Jeff, John Cassaday, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kieron Gillen, Mark Bagley, Marvel NOW!, Matt Fraction, Rick Remender, Saga, Saucer Country, Stefano Caselli, Stuart Immonen, Suicide Squad, Thor: God of Thunder, Tune, Uncanny Avengers, Wait What?, Zaucer of Zilk
So, I am loathe to admit it…but I totally did that thing where I was running under the gun and so the show notes have a certain je ne sais LEAVE FIFTY THOUSAND IN THE TRASH CAN AT EAST ENTRANCE OF CENTRAL PARK OR SHE IS DEAD quality to them.
Nonetheless, after the jump: show notes!
0:00-4:09: Greetings! Opening remarks with just a hint of foreshadowing. Also, thanks to the generosity of listeners, Jeff has read some Marvel NOW! titles (his first current Marvel titles in several months), and that ends up having a pretty big influence on this week’s podcast. (And sorry for the hiss and crackle there are the very intro–I assure you it doesn’t return.)
4:09-14:09: In fact, after running down the issues we’ve read ( and as Graeme points out, it really was quite a bumper week for new comics) and get right into discussing some of the overall tone to the Marvel NOW! books.
14:09-20:24: Moving from the tone of Marvel editorial in the Marvel NOW! books, we steer into a bit of the ol’ meta, and talk about the recent news regarding scheduling and art chores on Uncanny Avengers.
20:24-42:09: And because Jeff has now read Uncanny Avengers #1, we talk about that issue a bit. Also? Captain America–when does he work? Jeff doesn’t really know, but he’s going to talk about it, anyway.
42:09-43:53: Foreshadowing has come to pass! Tech disaster! It’s stuff we should edit out but we’re not going to because, uh, of the candor. Yeah, that’s it! We’re candid!
43:53-51:29: We get back to talking about what we were talking about (Captain America and the Avengers movie), which Graeme uses as a segue to talk about Avengers Assemble #9 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Stefano Caselli.
51:29-51:52: Intermission one! (of one?)
51:52-1:19:10: And we are back to talk about All-New X-Men #1 by Brian Bendis and Stuart Immonen. Who liked it less? We’re still not sure, but there is a ton of stuff we didn’t like.
1:19:10-1:26:14: Iron Man #1 by Kieron Gillen and Greg Land! We are split on this one, but there are things liked by the person who didn’t like it much and things disliked by the person who overall liked it fine..
1:26:14-2:19:54: Fantastic Four #1 by Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley! Graeme has read it; Jeff has not. Come for the observations about the FF, stay for our talk about “working harder” as a cornerstone of creative criticism. And what do we really need to have a good superhero comic? Plot? Motivation? Characterization? “Hard work”? There is discussion about these very important ideas…and then there is even more shit-talking about Brian Bendis. Also, there is discussion about an AvX #6: Infinite, and quick takes on A+X #1 (Jeff), Saga #7 (Graeme), Batman #14 (Graeme), Suicide Squad #14 (Graeme), Batgirl #14 (Graeme), Saucer Country #9 (Graeme), Zaucer of Zilk #2 (Graeme), and Amazing Spider-Man #698 (Graeme, and with possible spoilers), 2000 AD Prog #1809 (both of us), the brilliant “Choose Your Own Xmas” by Al Ewing and John Higgins from Prog #2012 (Jeff), and Tune by Derek Kirk Kim. (Also, Jeff forgot to talk about Thor: God of Thunder by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic but he should have because it was easily the Marvel NOW! book he enjoyed the most.
2:19:54-end: Closing comments! Since this is getting released the week of Thanksgiving, what are Graeme and Jeff grateful for? Some of the choices are a bit odd (Misfits, really?) and a bit vague, but it’s a good note on which to end the podcast…and gives me hope that we can totally get Graeme to take his holiday spirit to absolutely insane levels as the holiday season kicks into gear.
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We’re not recording this week, what with Thanksgiving and all, which means no podcast next week, but…that just gives you more of a chance to catch up with the 100+ episodes we currently have available to you free of charge, yeah? As always, we hope you enjoy and thank you for listening!